Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayKentucky

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  • Gladie Historic Site

    Travelers enjoy the US Forest Service Gladie Historic Site on the Red River Gorge.

  • Natural Bridge from a Distance

    Fall colors dominate the foreground in this side view of a natural bridge.

  • Bison

    Bison wander through tall grasses near Gladie Historic Site along Red River Gorge Scenic Byway.

  • Gladie Cabin

    An old cabin is viewable for visitors at Gladie Historic Site.

  • Fall Foliage

    A traveler enjoys fall foliage on Red River Gorge Scenic Byway.

  • Natural Bridge

    Red leaves shoot upwards behind an arch in Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

  • Sky Bridge

    A trail leading under the arch gives visitors the opportunity to see it up close.

  • Approaching the Nada Tunnel

    The road approaches the Nada Tunnel, which is partially obscured by lush green trees.

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  • Forest Road in November

    It looks like a chill, foggy day in November for the driver on his or her way to the arch on this forest road.

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  • Narrow Lane in a Forest

    The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway runs through a forest.

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  • Chairlift in Natural Bridge State Resort Park

    A visitor waves to others climbing up the mountainside below the bright red chairlift on this day in summer.

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  • Gladie Historic Area from Red River Gorge Byway

    The cabin at the Gladie Historic Area nestles against a forested hill on the edge of a green pasture.

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  • House in Gladie Historic Area

    Logs chinked with white and a wood shingle roof comprise this historic cabin in Gladie Historic Area.

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  • House in Gladie Historic Area

    Logs chinked with white, a wood shingle roof, and a fine stone chimney comprise this historic cabin in Gladie Historic Area.

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  • House in Gladie Historic Area

    The Gladie house has stood for decades next to this green forest and underneath a cloud-dotted blue sky, like on this day.

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  • A Far Horizon

    You can see the forest seemingly unbroken for miles from this viewpoint at Natural Bridge.

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  • Beneath Natural Bridge

    You can walk beneath the Natural Bridge and marvel at its rough yellow rock.

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  • View from Chairlift

    Enjoy the seemingly unbroken forest for miles as you ride the chairlift.

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  • View of Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge can be picked out from its surrounding green trees from this viewpoint.

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  • View of Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge can be picked out from its surrounding green trees from this viewpoint.

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  • View of Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge can be picked out from its surrounding green trees from this viewpoint.

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  • Autumn in the Red River Valley

    How local residents accommodate this wild and active river may be seen in the buildings in the Red River Valley, such as a barn on stilts.

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  • Gladie Cabin Interior

    Two rocking chairs sit in the middle of an old fashioned cabin.

  • Cliffs of the Red River Gorge

    The golden cliffs of the Red River Gorge Geological Area stand out against the Daniel Boone National Forest, whose trees are just beginning to change for autumn.

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  • Swift Creek Overlook

    The morning fog slowly clears to reveal the trees.

  • Gladie Cabin

    This black and white photo of a cabin and farm equipment shows a look back into time.

  • Fall on Sky Bridge Trail

    The hardwood trees of the Red River Gorge Geological Area are fiery red in autumn on the trail to Sky Bridge.

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  • Sheltowee Trace Trail Sign in Daniel Boone National Forest

    A sign at one end of a suspension bridge on the Sheltowee Trace Trail lets the hiker know how far Tunnel Ridge Road and Corner Ridge are from this location.

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  • View of Natural Bridge from the Scenic Overlook

    Natural Bridge peeks above the forest, as seen from a scenic lookout.

  • Entering Menifee County

    The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway crosses into Menifee County on an iron bridge over the Red River National Wild & Scenic River.

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  • Red River National Wild & Scenic River

    A sign on an iron bridge on the Menifee County line pronounces that the Red River is a National Wild & Scenic River.

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  • Trees Overhanging the Red River

    In October, the Red River runs slow and low past muddy banks lined with overhanging trees.

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  • Looking Up at Sky Bridge

    A hiker looks up at Sky Bridge arch overhead from the Sky Bridge Trail in Red River Gorge Geological Area.

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  • View from Geological Overlook

    Dense forests cloak the ridges and gorges of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, as seen from overlooks on the road to Sky Bridge.

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  • John Swift's Lost Silver Mine Historic Campground

    An American flag sets off the campground's sign at this historic and shady campground on the Red River. Be sure and learn the story of the lost silver mine from the proprietor!

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  • Entrance to Red River Gorge

    The Nada Tunnel entrance to Red River Gorge invites visitors to explore it.

  • Hiking below Angel Windows

    A hiker explores the depths of the gorge below the Angel Windows on the Angel Windows Trail in the Red River Gorge Geological Area.

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  • Waiting to Enter the Nada Tunnel

    Once the truck exits the Nada Tunnel, the waiting red car can enter this hand-hewn tunnel, which is barely wide enough for it.

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  • Red River Gorge

    In this view of Rim Rock in Red River Gorge, fall colors fill the canyon.

  • Fall Foliage

    Fall Foliage is lovely on the Red River Gorge.

  • Canoes in the Red River Gorge

    Two canoers on a beach prepare to paddle through Kentucky's Red River Gorge. Green trees, plants, and large stones flank the river.

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  • Canoeing the Red River

    A traveler in a canoe rides a calm stretch of Kentucky's Red River past lush, green trees.

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  • Wading in the Red River Gorge

    Three swimmers wade into the calm waters of the Red River Gorge under a thick canopy of leaves.

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  • Rock Shelter by Sky Bridge

    Perhaps this massive alcove sheltered Indians in ancient days -- or perhaps it will collapse in the future and create another arch on the Sky Bridge Trail in the Red River Gorge Geological Area.

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  • Ascending Stairs on the Sky Bridge Trail

    Prepare to climb several flights of stairs as you return from the lower Sky Bridge Trail in the Red River Gorge Geological Area.

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  • Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center

    This Center near the Gladie Historic Site offers information about the historical, cultural, natural, archaeological and recreational resources of the Red River Gorge section of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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  • Angel Windows

    Several "windows" in the golden rock of the Red River Gorge Geological Area make up the Angel Windows.

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  • Pine Ridge

    A few houses and a cabin on the outskirts of the Red River Gorge Geological Area are part of the town of Pine Ridge near the eastern end of the byway.

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  • Welcome to Stanton

    Visitors who start driving the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway from the west are first welcomed into the town of Stanton by this city sign.

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  • Beginning of the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

    The America's Byways sign and the Kentucky State byway sign for the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway mark the beginning of the byway in Stanton, KY.

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  • Drive-In Theater in Stanton

    A vanishing remnant of a time long past, the Stanton Drive In Theater is closed for winter, but opens each summer to show movies.

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  • Red River Gorge Passing Gladie Historic Site

    The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway passes part of the historic settlement of Gladie.

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  • Car Approaching Bridge and Bison Way Trailhead

    A car passes Gladie and approaches a bridge that leads past the trailhead to the Bison Way Trail in the Red River Gorge Geological Area.

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  • Quilt on Gladie Barn

    This barn at the Gladie Settlement with a colorful quilt painted on it may become a visitor center or interpretive site in the future.

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  • Inside the Gladie Learning Center

    A visitor to the Gladie Learning Center orients himself on a topographical map of the Red River Gorge area.

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  • Gladie Cabin

    At the edge of the Gladie clearing stands a two-story log cabin flanked by two small porches.

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  • Rock Shelters at Red River Gorge

    At the Gladie Learning Center, you can learn about the ancient inhabitants of this area and how they used the natural features of the land, such as the abundant rock alcoves and caves.

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  • Signs at Nada Tunnel

    The western entrance to the Nada Tunnel is marked with many signs. The traveler is informed that the tunnel is 12 feet high, told to wait for oncoming traffic to clear the tunnel before proceeding, and also instructed about the tunnel's history.

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  • Archaeology at Red River Gorge

    The ancient inhabitants of the land left behind traces of their presence. This panel in the Gladie Learning Center explains what archaeologists have discovered, particularly in the rock shelters of the area.

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  • Looking Down from Sky Bridge

    The shadow of a hiker falls on top of Sky Bridge arch while the lower trail below it is shadowed.

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  • Border of the Clifty Wilderness

    A small sign next to the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway lets travelers know that beyond it lies the Clifty Wilderness of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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  • Small Rock Shelter beside the Byway

    Perhaps long ago this small rock shelter in the Clifty Wilderness Area alongside the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway kept explorers dry on a rainy day.

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  • Chairs on the Porch

    Two old wooden chairs sit on the shaded porch of the Gladie cabin, evoking memories of days gone by.

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  • Suspension Bridge on the Sheltowee Trail

    A father helps his daughter cross the Red River on a pedestrian suspension bridge on the Sheltowee Trace Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest.

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  • Hiking the Sheltowee Trail in Red River Gorge Geological Area

    A couple takes their dog on a hike down the Sheltowee Trace Trail in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest.

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  • Trail to Angel Windows

    Fallen leaves lie scattered on the trailhead to the Angel Windows geological feature in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Kentucky's Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

    Kentucky's Red River Gorge Scenic Byway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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